A private email from Pope Francis to a personal friend was never meant to offend Mexican sensibilities, the Vatican said in a statement after the message -- which suggested Mexico was synonymous with drugs and violence -- was made public.
Cardinal-designate Luis Hector Villalba was watching television Jan. 4 when he heard Pope Francis read his name as one of 20 new cardinals.
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Paul Vallely over at Newsweek wrote an interesting story on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and his life in Argentina, "The Crisis that Changed Pope Francis." The lengthy account centers on a period of time in which Bergoglio was sent to Córdoba, Argentina, more than 400 miles away from Buenos Aires.
As the global economy pushes giant soybean fields and petroleum operations farther into previously untouched regions of South America, church activists in Argentina are standing alongside indigenous communities seeking to defend their land and culture from the destruction that such development has often entailed.
"The buzzards are circling, wanting to seize the land from those to whom it belongs," said Consolata Fr. Jose Auletta, who coordinates indigenous ministries for the diocese of Nueva Oran in northern Argentina.
"The match is an occasion for raising funds for solidarity projects, but above all [for promoting] values that draw people together, no matter what their culture or religious creed."
Pope Francis asked people to join him in prayer Tuesday after he learned that two of his great-nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina. His nephew is in critical condition.
The dead were identified as the wife and two young sons of Pope Francis' nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio: Valeria Carmona, 39, Joseph Bergoglio, 2, and Antonio Bergoglio, 8 months.
According to Argentine news reports, the 35-year-old son of the pope's late brother Alberto Bergoglio underwent emergency surgery and was on a respirator.
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